Circular-shaped and dominated by the bell tower on its church, the small village of Mazan is structured primarily within the traces of its old ramparts, which once formed a ring around the settlement of which only a part still remains, offering a beautiful walk known as the "Tour de ville". The little market town inside has no less than eight gateways, and oozes charm with its old houses, archways and little fountains.
Les Alyscamps de Mazan sarcophagi
Around the outskirts of Mazan cemetery, you can explore a line of Merovingian sarcophagi dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries, and the dawn of Christianity in Europe.
The dry-stone trail
This is the path down which blocks of stone were carried for the construction of the Paleochristian sarcophagi present in the cemetery, but also of the “bories”, or little dry-stone igloo structures that were once used as refuges or seasonal residences for the farmers who worked the land. During episodes of plague and cholera between the 17th and 19th centuries, the infected were banished from the village and confined inside the bories to prevent disease from spreading.
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